American Civil War Museum

 
Take a journey back in time to the Civil War era at the American Civil War Museum. Comprised of the Historic Tredegar iron works, the White House of the Confederacy, and the American Civil War Museum at Appomattox, the Museum presents the Civil War from various perspectives including soldiers, civilians, and slaves. Exhibits feature over 10,000 artifacts such as daguerreotypes, flags, cartes-de-visite, weapons, uniforms, goods, and more. Educational programs vary by location and focus on topics such as Emancipation, soldier life, Civil War medicine and industry, and more. Both general (no cost) and premium programs are available.
 
 
Contact Info
Address: 500 Tredegar St., Richmond, VA 23219. City of Richmond.
Tel: 804-649-1861.
Website: www.acwm.org.
Hrs: Tredegar Daily 9AM-5PM, White House & Appomattox Daily 10AM-5PM.
 
SCHOOL
Educational programs vary by location, and provide students with different perspectives as they learn about the course of the war. At Historic Tredegar students learn about the causes of the Civil War, and what life was like for soldiers on the battlefield and at camp; observe a musket firing demonstration; and have a tour of Brown’s Island. At the White House of the Confederacy they can explore exhibits on life during the Civil War, and learn about the White House and Jefferson Davis. At Appomattox they can view artifacts, photographs, and documents in the Museum’s permanent exhibit; programs focus on the end of the War and its aftermath. Most groups schedule 2 to 4 programs during their visit. Other types of programs include walking tours, artifact investigations, classroom programs, and a self-guided exhibit tour.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 804-649-1861.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 3rd-12th.
Group Size: Min. 10 students.
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 30 minutes-2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Fee/Free.
Title I or Financial Support: Title I schools may be eligible for scholarships.
Accessible To: PD.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: 19th century history, Civil War, geography, military history, slavery, walking tours.
 
 
SCOUTS
Scout groups can enjoy guided tours of the Museum’s sites and exhibits as they explore different historical perspectives from the Civil War. Learn about the life of a soldier at Historic Tredegar, learn about life during the Civil War at the White House of the Confederacy, and view artifacts and photos from the end of the war at Appomattox.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 804-649-1861.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 3rd-12th.
Group Size: Min. 10 scouts.
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 30 minutes-2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: 10:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Fee/Free.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessible To: PD.
 
Supports Scout Badges In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: 19th century history, Civil War, military history, walking tours.
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool groups can enjoy guided tours of the Museum’s sites and exhibits, as well as its school programs. They may also attend the Museum’s scheduled Homeschool Days to explore the Civil War with special activities for their specific needs.
 
Contact Info
Name: Kelly Hancock.
Phone: 804-649-1861 ext. 121.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 3rd-12th.
Group Size: Min. 10 students.
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 30 minutes-2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Fee/Free.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessible To: PD.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: 19th century history, Civil War, geography, military history, slavery, walking tours.
 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Living History Lesson Plan

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned about $15 per month more. ... Continue